Mr. Resor is groSolar’s CEO and a Member of the Board of Directors. He joined groSolar in 2007 and was CFO and COO before assuming the role of CEO. Prior to joining groSolar, Mr. Resor had 20 years of experience across all major corporate functions in large organizations and start-up companies. He spent the first part of his career with Bankers Trust and Mercer Management Consulting working with Fortune 1000 clients. During the 1990s, Mr. Resor developed and directed the pioneering Conservation Finance and New Ventures programs for World Wildlife Fund, the world’s largest environmental organization. In this capacity, he raised more than $150 million for environmental conservation projects through debt-for-nature swaps and other cross-border financing transactions in Africa, Asia and Latin America. He also advised on the restructuring of more than $1 billion of debt owed to the U.S. Government from various countries in Latin America. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and MBA from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Jamie Resor, Chief Executive Officer, Member of Board of Directors
Frank Griffin, Executive Vice President of Engineering and Construction
Mr. Griffin is groSolar’s Executive Vice President of Engineering and Construction with responsibility for EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) and O&M (Operations and Maintenance) of commercial and utility-scale projects. He joined groSolar in 2008, and under his direction groSolar has successfully completed design and construction of solar PV projects on the East Coast, Midwest and in California. Mr. Griffin has over 30 years of project development and project management experience. Recent commissioned solar PV projects include 7MW in MA, 8MW in PA, 4MW in NJ, 1.7MW in DE, and 6MW in VT. Prior to joining groSolar, he was Vice President and Regional Development Manager for Lane Company, a multi-family real estate developer where he developed projects valued in excess of $200 million. He was Senior Manager at Mesirow Financial Real Estate, Inc., dedicated to the University of Illinois at Chicago, South Campus Development, a $1.2 billion mixed-use redevelopment. Mr. Griffin’s landfill and brownfield remediation experience includes capping of more than 300 acres of landfills in four states and design-build of liquid and gas treatment systems. Mr. Griffin received his BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and received an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University.
Steve Remen, Executive Vice President of Business Development
Mr. Remen joined groSolar in 2012 as their Executive Vice President of Business Development and brings deep energy sector experience as an engineer and project manager, completing large-scale generation projects with a broad range of utility, corporate, financial, and government partners. In addition to serving as the Massachusetts Commissioner of Energy where he had responsibility for energy policy and programs within the state, Mr. Remen started and grew two successful sales and marketing teams which generated revenues in excess of $300 million annually. He’s also highly experienced in project development, having developed several power generation facilities totaling more than $250 million in value. Mr. Remen has an MBA from Boston University and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and held Registered Professional Engineer licenses in the states of New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Florida.
Rod Viens, Executive Vice President of Operations
Mr. Viens is groSolar’s Executive Vice President of Operations and manages PV equipment procurement and logistics, as well project management in the Northeast. Prior to the company’s sale of its residential division, Mr. Viens oversaw the direct residential and small commercial installation operations, which constructed multiple megawatts of solar in ten states. Mr. Viens's commercial project management experience at groSolar has included multi-residential commercial buildings, schools, and the Air National Guard ranging in size from 100 kW to 2.3 MW. Prior to joining groSolar, he was Vice President of Operations and Business Development for Yankee Barn Homes, a nationally distributed post and beam home manufacturer, where he established and oversaw the installation construction division and was charged with improving overall company processes. Mr. Viens graduated from Keene State College with a BS in Management.
Christine Tachovsky, Marketing Manager
Ms. Tachovsky joined groSolar in 2012 as the Marketing Manager. Prior to groSolar she worked for niche business to business service and consultative organizations where she designed and implemented long term strategic marketing plans. She has led internal teams in creating strong brands that match core competencies, and managed external partnerships to create valuable shared industry resources. She brings to groSolar a strong background in strategic planning, corporate branding, and cross- functional project management. Ms. Tachovsky holds a BS in Business & Marketing from the University of Pittsburgh and is earning an MBA in Management & Social Enterprise Leadership from Loyola University Maryland.
Jeff Wolfe, Co-Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors
Mr. Wolfe co-founded groSolar in 1998 and was Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors for nearly 14 years until 2012, when he transitioned to solely the Chairman’s role. He is now Principal of Jeff Wolfe Consulting, providing strategic consulting to the energy industry. Mr. Wolfe is a recognized leader in the solar energy industry and a leading voice on solar energy policy throughout the U.S. He is the elected chair of the DG Division of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the country’s leading solar energy trade organization. He has testified at the US Senate, and state legislatures, and is a frequent speaker at industry events. He also serves on the Union of Concerned Scientists National Advisory Board and is trained as a Climate Reality presenter. Prior to forming groSolar, Mr. Wolfe was a partner at Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers, where he started and ran branch offices in Hanover, NH, and Chicago, IL. Mr. Wolfe is a registered Professional Engineer, and received his BSME degree from Cornell University.
Steve Joseph, Member of the Board of Directors
Mr. Joseph has had a thirty year career highlighted by successful start-up and growth companies in the technology, retail and direct marketing, and distribution sectors. He has been an independent management consultant since 2002. Prior to that time, Mr. Joseph was CFO and COO of privately-held SmartBargains, an online direct marketer; he was CFO of Be Free, a provider of online direct marketing services, from its inception through its public offering and subsequent merger; and he was CFO of PCs Compleat, a direct marketer of personal computers, from its inception through its merger with publically-held CompUSA. Mr. Joseph also held various operating and consultative positions in publically- and privately-held companies and, during a six-year tenure at Ingersoll-Rand Company, held audit and distribution management roles. Steve earned a B.S. from Bentley College.
David Kirkpatrick, Member of the Board of Directors
Mr. Kirkpatrick is a Managing Director and co-founder of SJF Ventures, a venture capital firm with offices in Durham, NC, New York City, and San Francisco. He joined groSolar's Board of Directors at the time of the Series A equity financing in September 2006. SJF Ventures was the lead investor for that financing. Mr. Kirkpatrick has broad experience as an entrepreneur and venture capitalist in the clean energy arena. In the 1980's, Mr. Kirkpatrick co-founded and directed SunShares, an early solar energy and recycling company in North Carolina. He was named National Recycler of the Year by the National Recycling Coalition in 1996 and Practitioner of the Year in 2005 by the Community Development Venture Capital Alliance. Mr. Kirkpatrick earned a BA in Physics and History from Duke University in 1982 and an MBA from UNC Business School in 1991. He also serves on the Boards of B.B. Hobbs, Inc., Ed Map Inc., the NC Sustainable Energy Association, and the Duke-Durham Neighborhood Partnership.
Chris Sorrells, Member of the Board of Directors
Mr. Sorrells joined NGP Energy Technology at its formation in September 2005. Chris has over 17 years of financial and transactional experience with energy, power and environmental service companies and has been involved in the areas of oilfield service, power electronics, environmental service, recycling, industrial technology, utility service, and renewable energy. Chris is a board member of Renewable Energy Group (NASDAQ: REGI), GSE Systems (NYSE Amex: GVP), Living Earth, and groSolar, and a board observer at Community Energy. Prior to joining NGP Energy Technology Partners in 2005, Chris worked at Clarity Partners, a private equity firm that managed $814 million in commitments at the time of Chris’ departure, where he pursued growth financings and middle market LBO transactions. Before Clarity Partners, Chris worked at Banc of America Securities covering energy, power and energy technology companies. He founded and headed Banc of America's Energy Technology Investment Banking Group and was involved in a broad range of transactions. Previously, he worked in investment banking at Salomon Smith Barney covering energy and power companies. Chris holds a BA from Washington and Lee University, a Master of Accounting degree from the University of Southern California, and an MBA from the College of William and Mary. Chris is a member of Beta Gamma Sigma.